The criminal justice system in Arizona is complex and can be intimidating. Being arrested for a crime carries serious consequences, including possible jail time, fines, probation, or even loss of civil rights. It’s important to understand your rights and the criminal process to protect yourself from an unjust conviction. This blog will explain individuals’ rights when arrested for a crime in Arizona and guide how to best navigate the criminal defense process. We’ll discuss Miranda Rights, what happens after an arrest, and other criminal defense strategies you should consider if facing criminal charges.
What Are Miranda Rights?
One of the most fundamental pieces of criminal law is Miranda Rights, which are read by police officers when making an arrest. These rights provide individuals with protections that help ensure their right to due process is upheld during criminal proceedings.
Miranda Rights are guaranteed to criminal suspects when they are taken into police custody. These rights, which originate from the case of Miranda v. Arizona in 1966, include the following:
The right to remain silent, anything said can be used against them in court, and the right to an attorney present during questioning. Additionally, if a suspect cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to them.
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Once arrested and read Miranda Rights, individuals should understand the criminal defense process and what comes next. Depending on the charge, criminal defendants may have their bail set or be released on their own recognizance. If bail is set, individuals must pay it in full before being released from custody. Additionally, criminal defendants may be required to appear for criminal court proceedings or pre-trial hearings.
Seeking Legal Guidance
Beyond understanding your rights and the criminal defense process, it’s essential to consider other criminal defense strategies available to you as part of your criminal case. Consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney can ensure your rights are protected, and all criminal defense strategies are considered. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can work with you to discuss possible criminal defense strategies, including plea bargaining, suppression of evidence, or asserting an affirmative defense.
Knowing your rights and the criminal process is key to protecting yourself and your future. Get in touch with our team at Suzuki Law Offices today by calling (602) 842-6762 or visiting our website.